Faster, smarter, better — that’s the allure of owning a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) or mirrorless camera. Professional photographers and videographers choose DSLR and mirrorless cameras for their ability to capture brilliant, breathtaking images. But these cameras aren’t just for the pros. They’re also the choice of many intermediate users and even beginners.
Most DSLR cameras take photos the same way. Light enters through the lens and bounces off a mirror to travel through a prism before ending up at the viewfinder. When you press the shutter button, the mirror flips up, allowing light to hit the camera’s image sensor which creates the photo. Mirrorless cameras lack the mirror that DSLR cameras have. The absence of a mirror and optical viewfinder are why mirrorless cameras tend to be smaller and lighter than DSLRs.
You can get high-quality photos with either a DSLR or mirrorless camera. This chart lists a few of the benefits of DSLR and mirrorless cameras that should be considered when deciding which type of camera is best for you.